Berg back, script drafted, KJA talking testicles?

Sept 2009 – ‘Dune’ Remake Will Have ‘Hard PG-13′ Rating With Franchise Potential, Reveals Peter Berg (MTV Movies Blog)

Josh Zetumer’s script, Berg revealed, is almost 200 pages long—”a massive epic,” Berg said—and it could potentially spawn more than just the one film. With the project still in the script phase, the task now for Berg and his team is to “figure out how we can beat [the script] into something manageable without offending the purists,” he explained, as “filmmakers have struggled [in the past] because it’s a very complicated book to crack.”

“My experience with the book was different than David Lynch’s experience or the people behind the Sci Fi Channel’s experience. I found it to be more of an adventure tale, more of a muscular action/adventure story. I think that’s my approach, not as an R-rated film, but as a pretty hard PG-13 film about a young man dealing with issues of vengeance over the death of his father and wanting some payback and having to come to terms with his destiny along the way.”

Eh? Berg’s still directing? Were Kevin J. Anderson and Herbert-grandson Byron Merritt talking out of their bottoms? That would explain why there has been no news of Berg’s “departure” outside of the Herbert Camp.

I know a lot of people were very happy with news of Berg’s departure and hoped he would take his “muscular action/adventure story” with him on his way out. However this blog post suggests he’s still in the director’s chair and as “muscular” as ever…

There are a couple of more encouraging bits in there too though: Josh Zetumer has completed his first draft – to get this in perspective: the average movie script is around 90-120 pages long, Zetumer’s script is 200 pages. That’s huge, and if they choose (crazy idea here) to film it as two back-to-back movies, this project has a chance. But if they cut it down to 2 hours 11 minutes, it will be the 1984 film all over again – aka MASSIVE FAIL. No sequels. There’s a suggestion here that they understand this, I hope they do.

It’s good that at least Zetumer sounds like he has the right end of the stick – Dune is a complex story and deserves to be treated as such. Writing is the first chance to make any movie great.

A quick round-up of what’s been going on with Peter Berg’s new Dune Movie. More movie news will be posted here at the Fish Speaker as and when it comes up – Stay tuned!

May 2009 – Rob Pattinson To Go From New Moon To New Dune? (X17 Online)

While on a short break from shooting New Moon [Twilight 2] up in Vancouver, Rob met with Friday Night Lights and Hancock director Peter Berg, who’s also set to direct another big screen adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Dune.

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